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  • Blog Post: The Art Of Endings: Tales Of Ending A Game

    Endings are tricky. A good ending can resonate with you long after you’ve finished an experience and live on in your conversations and memories. However, an unsatisfying one can cast a cloud over an otherwise solid story. So much can hinge on a finale that writers often struggle to bring everything... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: The Difference Between Story And Fiction

    I’m a big fan of rich fictional backdrops to a video game. Even when those features aren’t necessarily central to the potential of the action or gameplay, I find myself hungering to know more about the world behind the game – the role-playing gamer and fantasy novel-reader in me enjoys... More
  • Blog Post: Casting Call – The Last Of Us

    Last week, we reported on Screen Gems' upcoming adaptation of our 2013 Game of the Year, The Last of Us. We'll keep our fingers crossed and hope that it breaks out of the standard "video game movie" level of quality, but time will tell. In the meantime, here are our picks for the cast... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Younger Characters Are Making A Stronger Impact

    Adolescence is a time of conflicting emotions. One minute life is carefree, and then growing up rears its ugly head, dealing hard lessons. Young teenagers are just starting to realize who they are, and they're far off from figuring it out. Coming-of-age stories remain some of the most popular and... More
  • Blog Post: Mike’s Favorite Opening Sequences From Last Generation

    There are a number of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 titles that I love, but the games that endear themselves to me hook me immediately. I’m not opposed to giving a game some time to get going, but I’ll always prefer those that are ready to entertain right away. I’ve picked five games on... More
  • Blog Post: 2013 Action Game Of The Year Awards

    For all intents and purposes, 2013 was the final big year for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. These consoles went out with a bang rather than a whimper, and you'll see that reflected in the excellent action games we call attention to in this article. Here are the award-winning games in the action... More
  • Blog Post: Five Games That Can Benefit From A Definitive Edition

    It’s official. We’ve left the world of HD remakes behind (almost). We’ve evolved to the next generation. Enter: The Definitive Edition. Tomb Raider is the first game that’s getting one , and it’s more than a Game of the Year edition. This is a full-fledged overhaul that... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Gaming Duos Of 2013

    Certain characters bring out the best in one another. Video games offer even more unique circumstances for duos to capitalize on each others' strengths and weaknesses. Beyond just story riffs, a pair's assets can also extend to gameplay. We look back on some of the most memorable ones this year... More
  • Blog Post: Contemplating The Ending Of The Last Of Us

    I suspect that Naughty Dog's The Last of Us is going to be many people's game of the year. It's certainly mine. It's an experience that has stayed with me long after I finished it. In the months that have passed since it released, I've continued to think about the game's ambivalent... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Important Female Characters Weren’t Marketed Well This Year

    Originally, I intended to write a feature on the defining female characters of 2013. Unfortunately, when I started compiling my list, I realized this wasn’t a great year for female characters. I could barely come up with five that I felt confident about, but two stood out the most: BioShock Infinite’s... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Stories Of 2013

    This year we killed a lot of zombies, traveled to exotic lands in the sky, punched some supervillains in the jaw, and sailed the seas as a pirate, but which stories really stuck with us? As the year draws to a close, I reflect back on some of the best stories told through video games this year. Here... More
  • Blog Post: Ten Of The Most Grotesque Video Game Creatures Ever

    Everyone takes a different approach to Halloween costumes. Some go for clever topical getups, like your Miley Cyrus plus Stylish Beetlejuice Man . Others prefer clever wordplay, like a “Deer Hunter” who is actually a deer with neon orange gear and a gun. But some bold Halloween enthusiasts... More
  • Blog Post: From Phage To Page: The Last Of Us Comic Interview

    If you’ve finished up Naugthy Dog’s superb The Last of Us, and still hunger for more adventures set in that universe, check out the recent The Last of Us comic books, which are a surprisingly decent read. Dark Horse recently released a four issue miniseries based on Naughty Dog's The... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Ambiguous Endings Shouldn’t Be Feared

    Video game storytelling has grown tremendously. In less than 40 years, we've gone from two ping-pong paddles and a ball to full-blown narratives, multidimensional characters, and complex themes. I love watching people dissect modern games and come away with different interpretations, and that developers... More
  • Blog Post: From Elika To Ellie: Comparing Prince Of Persia And The Last Of Us

    I’ve made it clear that I am a big fan of the 2008 Prince of Persia . It’s a fantastically underrated game, so ahead of its time that I think some people maybe weren’t ready for it, or just didn’t get it. Or, they didn’t like it, which is fine, too. Naughty Dog’s recently... More
  • Blog Post: Why Naughty Dog Can't Make A Sequel To The Last Of Us

    I beat The Last of Us a couple weeks ago, but that adventure is still ringing through my head like a brass bell. The game easily sits on my list of the five greatest games from this generation, and yet, I don't think I want to see a sequel. (The following is spoiler free. But if you want The Last... More
  • Blog Post: Road To Extinction: Where Zombie Games Are Heading

    Zombies are popular . Brad Pitt is battling waves of them in World War Z , Dead Rising 3 is one of the Xbox One’s main selling points, and The Walking Dead franchise is succeeding in comics, television, and games . State of Decay has become the fastest-selling XBLA game of all time, the creator... More
  • Blog Post: How To Play The Last Of Us Like A Professional

    Want to play The Last of Us the way a professional would? Then take a gander at these invaluable tips that are in no way meant to be funny. Look, I get it. Not everyone is born with the exceptional talents of a professional gamer, and even fewer players have time to hone their modest skills to a respectable... More
  • Blog Post: The Story Behind The Last Of Us Debut Trailer

    At this point I think it's safe to assume that you've seen the debut trailer for Naughty Dog's The Last of Us. While visiting the studio we took the opportunity to ask the game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann about the creation of the video and what it is like... More
  • Blog Post: Expanding The House: Naughty Dog's Second Team

    Naughty Dog found tremendous success with its colorful platformers on the PlayStation and PlayStation 2, but the PS3’s Uncharted series scored the developer numerous awards and widespread critical acclaim. The achievements and growth Naughty Dog has enjoyed over the years presented the opportunity... More
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